Honor 8X, like its predecessor Nova 3i in glossy glass appearance, which we tested in our review. Technically, it is equipped in the same way as the more expensive Nova 3i.
The phone was introduced in the last 2018 but still has great popularity. Now the price for Huawei Honor 8X is only $239.99.
The Honor 8X was equipped with a 6.5-inch large screen IPS with FHD and 19.5: 9, also a dual camera of 20 and 2 megapixels, a Kirin 710 processor, 4 and 64 GB memory version and 3750 mAh battery capacity.
Let’s move on to a detailed review of the Honor 8X, find out the advantages and disadvantages, we will start with a complete set.
Honor 8X: Specifications
|Huawei Nova 3i:||Specs|
|Display:||6.5 inches with 2340 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||Hisilicon Kirin 710 Octa Core 2.2GHz|
|Memory extension:||TF card up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||20.0MP + 2.0MP main and 16.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.1 (EMUI 8.2)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm|
Huawei Honor 8X: Unboxing
The Chinese version of a turquoise-colored box came into our hands, on the front we see the name of the model.
On the back of the box, there are no technical data, just logos, and QR-codes.
Inside the box, we see the phone in protective cellophane, just below the silicone case, a SIM card needle, documentation in Chinese.
I also found a micro USB charging cable and a 5V and 2A power adapter.
In the global version, we would have a slightly different box design and included additional headphones. Now I would pay attention to appearance.
Huawei Honor 8X: Design and Appearance
The design of the new Honor 8X is impressive in our test. Although it lacks the protection standard IP67, and the front part with a small notch is similar to the Vivo V11 Pro.
The back panel in the design is made of glass and looks very durable. In the choice there are three colors: blue, red and black. In our test we have the blue color Honor 8X. In the sun and or lighting the colors shimmer and it looks beautiful.
The back surface offers a dual camera in a “standard” vertical arrangement and a single-color LED.
The surface is also quite smooth and therefore slippery. Honor supplies a transparent protective case. This is a nice bonus, but optically and tactilely it is rather “cheap”.
The front part is no different from the Apple iPhone X with a notch which includes the sensors, earpiece and 16-megapixel camera for selfie. If you do not like notch in the settings, you can remove it.
Honor 8X sizes are 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm and 169 grams.
Below you will find a speaker, microphone and micro USB port (USB 2.0). Here you will also see a 3.5 mm jack for ordinary headphones!
On the left of the case there is a slot for two nano-SIM-cards and microSD cards.
On the right side of the case, I see a standard power button and volume rocker.
Appearance and build quality at the highest level, Huawei Honor 8X does not creak and I did not see any problems during testing.
Huawei Honor 8X: Screen
The Honor 8X has a 6.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of Full HD plus and displays its colors powerfully, but does not catch the eye.
The color mode, color temperature and blue light filter (eye protection) can be changed in the settings according to your own preferences.
Maximum brightness is ideal, but it does not cope with direct sunlight.
The resolution of Full HD + did not bother me. You can even reduce them in the settings to HD. This will save energy, but the font does not look aesthetically pleasing.
The aspect ratio of the panel is 19.5: 9 due to the cut bangs.
The display of the Honor 8X in our test does not offer the “always on” mode.
But I found the stability of the viewing angles. In general, it is a good and pleasant screen for a middle-class smartphone.
Huawei Honor 8X: Hardware and Performance
The performance of the Honor 8X in our analisis relies on the new Kirin 710 and up to 4GB of RAM.
The chipset with its neural unit for AI clearly outperformed the performance of the Snapdragon 636.
In Geekbench 4, it scores 1615 points in single-core and 5662 points in multi-core tests.
Thus, it is only marginally faster than its predecessor. In the current test AnTuTu, the Honor 8X smartphone scored 139,809 points.
We also conducted a series of tests in games and below you can watch performance videos (Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile).
Below, I presented the tests of other benchmarks and in general Honor 8X is competitive with the Snapdragon 660 processor.
Huawei Honor 8X: Software
Honor 8X will come with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and the new EMUI 8.2 user interface. The appearance of the interface in Honor is very similar to the iOS interface. Also, the OS offers numerous design options and settings compared to Stock Android.
The animation and changes between browser windows are pretty fast. Multitasking with 4GB of RAM is enough to head.
Supposedly, the built-in AI keeps the operating system at a good level in everyday efforts. Also this feature learn from my behavior.
Thus, if you take a lot of pictures, you get a lot of free memory and a constantly accessible camera application. Who writes a lot of Telegram/WhatsApp, will get instant access to instant messengers.
By the way, Huawei also uses AI to translate texts and identify images in the Translator application. Text recognition through Microsoft Translator is very useful and works offline, but not in real time.
Animation of windows (opening applications) looks beautiful, but slows down the workflow. You can disable them only in the developer settings. The icons of the respective applications distribute EMUI on different home screens. If you wish, you can sort them by folders.
Soft buttons (“navigation bar”) for Android are located at the bottom of the display, you can change their order.
Also, the operating system has already pre-installed a large number of applications, such as Health, HiCare, AppGallery and many others. They are not harmful and even very useful to use.
Android 8.1 works either with the Home button and function keys, or only with the Home button.
You can also call up screenshots, for example, by tapping your fingers on the screen. The image scrolling function takes screenshots of content that can be several screens long.
The one who knocks with two fingers simultaneously on the screen starts recording the screen. Screen content is saved in video format. EMUI security features that can encrypt or protect applications and data.
Huawei Honor 8X: Communication
While traveling, I can use HSPA + or better LTE on Cat 16 or WLAN 802.11 / a / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5 GHz) Internet.
Voice quality during conversations is very good, my interlocutors sound clearly. Honor 8X supports the expansion of internal memory using microSD cards (up to 256 GB). Internal memory is 64GB which almost 50 GB are free.
GPS test showed a good result of satellites and 5 meters of accuracy.
With good headphones through cable, the Honor 8X provides excellent sound. The loudspeaker from the bottom side sounds good, but it hardly gives out good bass and can be accidentally covered with a finger in landscape mode.
Huawei Honor 8X: Cameras
The Honor 8X has a dual camera with a 20 megapixel (RGB) and 2 megapixel depth sensor and the proposed f/1.8 aperture.
Camera supported “AI” mode. This artificial intelligence EMUI helps identify motives (semantically, that is, each object separately) and offers the appropriate program or filter.
Unfortunately, in the settings of the Honor 8X in our test, I did not find an optical or electronic image stabilizer.
Simple long-term exposures can hardly be done without a tripod.
1080p video with 60 frames per second is still pretty good, but autofocus is very sluggish.
The camera application itself offers many filters, effects, and frame-by-frame shooting.
The front camera captures 16 megapixel images in good quality. The photos look very nice and beautiful.
Huawei Honor 8X: Battery
The built-in battery Honor 8X provides 3750 mAh and in our test, the battery worked just under 8:30 hours.
Regular users who receive only a few emails or talk to each other can easily download one and a half to two working days.
Experienced users like me (numerous emails, telegrams and at least 2 hours of music via Bluetooth) will definitely have to charge the device in the evening since the battery only shows about 20%.
The smartphone charges in about 2 hours with the included micro USB cable. Wireless charging is not here, even despite the glass on the back.
Huawei Honor 8X: Conclusions and Reviews
Honor 8X is a great smartphone in middle-class devices. The phone at its price is a good device for everyday use. Even for such money, you can buy Redmi Note 7 Pro, but it will not have specific functions and applications.
If you need a large and modern high-quality screen, then Huawei Honor 8X is definitely suitable. Although it is a 6.5-inch screen, at the same time compact.
Also, the performance is at a good level, you will not have problems with delays and problems during games.
The camera can produce good image quality, the battery is quite durable using energy-saving features.
Huawei Honor 8X: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
At the moment you can buy a Huawei Honor 8X at a good and low price for only $ 239.99 with a 17% discount.
If you want an attractive and modern glass smartphone with good performance, a camera, and a large screen, then the Honor 8X would be an excellent option.